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A kaleidoscope of tourism research:

Insights from the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT)

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Edited By Michael Lück and Claire Liu

The International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT) covers a wide range of research expertise in the fields of tourism, hospitality and events management. ICNT’s sixth book showcases a kaleidoscope of tourism and hospitality topics, ranging from tourism education to sustainable tourism, wildlife tourism, Brexit and tourism, and to travel intermediation, tourist motivation and experiences. The book explains the way tourism and hospitality are understood in different countries around the world. Consequently, this book stimulates thought and discussion on tourist experiences and management, from the viewpoint of various stakeholders. It provides a wealth of new knowledge and will be a valuable resource for students, academics, researchers and industry members alike.

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Learning in the Workplace: An Innovative Approach to Work Experience

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Alisha Ali and Philip Murray

Universities are constantly being challenged to innovate to keep ahead of the dynamic and volatile operating environment. To add value to employability and to society in a wider context, educators must have a thorough understanding of key stakeholder needs, particularly employers, to inform and enrich the curriculum (Barber, Deale, & Goodman, 2011). This paper presents an innovative, flexible, and sustainable higher education model designed and delivered at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), Learning in the Workplace. Students spend a semester of their second-year learning and working with an employer. The employer serves as multi-disciplinary learning laboratory where students engage in active experimentation working and learning alongside experienced personnel in a range of roles aligned to their curriculum and degree choice. Rather than completing their modules in the classroom at SHU, the students on this experience develop their learning through hands-on work experience with the employer.

High enrolment growth at universities in western societies, like the United Kingdom, leads to intense competition in the graduate labour market. Whilst the perceived employment of hospitality students increases during their course, their confidence in actually gaining employment decreases (Beaumont, Geyde, & Richardson, 2016). To better enhance the employability of these hospitality graduates, there is a need for more practically orientated education and strengthening of university-industry collaborations (Guermat, Saad, & Boutifour, 2015; Pani, Das, & Sharma, 2015; Wang & Tsai, 2014).

The new approach presented in this chapter is a solution to this dilemma as...

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